The Return of Writer’s Spotlight Wednesday

What up folks?!

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A while back I used to feature various writers through a monthly series I called Writer’s Spotlight Wednesday (WSW). Well, I fell off the bandwagon, but I’m ready to hop back on board. Writer’s Spotlight will be returning in January 2015. Stay tuned, but in the meantime, catch up on the previous WSW features HERE.

Are you a writer? Want to be featured? Contact me at: info@latrishawrites.com

Wishing you a fun and safe holiday season!

Christmas "Tree"

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Holiday Film Favorites

These are a few of my personal holiday film favorites.

Home Alone

  1. Home Alone: This was one of my favorites as a kid and it remains as one of my faves in adulthood. This is definitely a classic. Scored by the iconic John Williams, the music in this film is extremely memorable.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/12-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-the-movie

  1. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York: I’m usually not a fan of sequels, but this one is an exception. It remains true to Kevin and the antics that we loved in the first film. John Williams also returned to score this film as well. http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/home-alone-2-is-one-of-the-most-disturbing-films-ever-made
  1. Last Holiday: When Georgia (Queen Latifah) is diagnosed with a terminal illness, she embarks on a journey to live her last days to the fullest. (P.S. Don’t wait until something happens to start living your life; live it to the fullest now with no regrets!)
  1. Elf: Will Ferrell is hilarious in this story of an elf who discovers he is actually a human, and thus embarks on journey from the North Pole (where he has been raised) to New York, to reunite with his birth father who never knew he existed. I enjoy the childlike innocence of Ferrell’s character and his huge capacity for love.
  1. This Christmas: Gotta love a good family film, filled with the requisite sibling rivalry, family secret reveals, and eye candy, with equal moments of drama, hilarity, and warm fuzziness.

What are some of your favorite holiday movies? Share in the comments below.

Pizza Face-Happy Hour Edition

mafiaoza's

MAFIAoZA’s, 2400 12th Avenue South, Nashville, TN

2-for-1 has never been better than it is at MAFIAoZA’s happy hour. I’m not sure if I was excited because the pizza itself was that good or because of the deal—I take that back; it was definitely because of the deal.

The restaurant itself is charming, carrying on the mafia/mob boss theme, with menu items such as “The Tony”, “The Mark”, “Brass Knuckles”, “The Informant”, and “The Last Request”.

The pizza was greasy and flimsy. To eat it, you have to either fold it in half (NY style), or cut it with a knife and fork. The sauce is minimal to nonexistent, and the final bite is crisp—almost burnt. One slice is actually the equivalent of two. During happy hour, if you order one slice, you get two, which is almost like getting four slices for the price of one! #winning

Let’s raise our beer-filled mason jars and toast to MAFIAoZA’s happy hour!

Verdict

Price: $

Taste: OKAY

Recommendation: YELLOW

Pizza Face-Bellagio

My coworkers have been raving about Bellagio, so I decided to try it (besides, when have I been known to turn down pizza?!).

Bellagio Pizza & Subs, 114-B 29th Ave North, Nashville, TN

Visited: November 2014

Bellagio

The cheese and the crust stand out on this pizza. The cheese is bubbly and the crust is buttery and fluffy. The sauce and toppings fade into the background; don’t get me wrong, the toppings were good, but they just weren’t as prominent as the crust and cheese. There’s not much else to say about this pizza–it’s simple and tasty, and I’d venture to order it again the next time I’m yearning for delivery pizza near work.

Verdict:

Price: $$ (the delivery fees add up, but they have some good lunch combo deals)

Taste: YUMMY

Recommendation: GREEN

Pizza Face-Beach Edition

Latrisha at Orange Beach

I spent Thanksgiving on the beach—Orange Beach, Alabama to be exact—and as with any and every Thanksgiving, I participated in the requisite gorging all week long. Of course on Thanksgiving Day, I had a traditional Thanksgiving dinner (turkey and dressing, greens, sweet potatoes, mac & cheese, etc.), but the rest of the week, since we were in the gulf, I was stuffing my face with seafood, seafood and more seafood. Even so, I found an opportunity to eat none other than….pizza!!!

Cobalt Restaurant, 28099 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL

Visited: November 2014

cobalt

The atmosphere of Cobalt was absolutely amazing, from the time you walk in the door (shallow fish pond complete with a stingray) to the time you are seated (with a waterfront view) to the time you excuse yourself for a bathroom break (and wash your hands with a pleasantly scented sea salt scrub).

cobalt sea salt scrub

It was a beautiful and spacious venue. As if that wasn’t enough, the food was great with an inexpensive price-point, which made for an all-around wonderful experience.

Even though I had my heart set on pizza, I ventured to try a variety of oysters (baked, fried and raw) as an appetizer. They were huge—a great “bang for your buck”—and very appetizing.

cobalt oysters
Plate 1: Baked Oysters Combo (garlic parmesan, crab & shrimp au gratin, and “The Rockefeller”-spinach, shallots, parsley, anchovies); Plate 2: Raw Oysters; Plate 3: Fried Oysters

Now, on to the pizza…

cobalt pizza

It looked great, but there was nothing special about it. The portion size was perfect and the flavors on the pizza (chicken, bacon, mushrooms, spinach, basil) blended well, but it didn’t make me dance in my seat. Granted, this particular restaurant is known for its seafood, so I should have known better—that’s like ordering a hamburger or hot dog at a Mexican restaurant. In hindsight, if I was going to order pizza at a seafood restaurant, I should’ve at least tried their seafood pizza, but oh well.

The restaurant itself is a must try if you ever find yourself in Orange Beach, just make sure you stick with their specialties. If you want pizza in Orange Beach, stick to a chain—like Pizza Hut or Papa Johns.

Verdict:

Price: $

Taste: YUMMY  <–everything elseOKAY<–pizza

Recommendation: GREEN

BONUS EATS:

1. Crab Trap, 16495 Perdido Key Dr, Pensacola, FL

Great crab cakes!

crab trap

2. The Original Oyster House, 701 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL

oyster house

Best hushpuppies I’ve ever had; Seriously!

We were too full to try any oysters here, but everything else was delicious.

shrimp florentine
Shrimp Florentine
crab stuffed flounder
Crab-Stuffed Flounder